Right. Not all blacks. Let me guess, you’ve had black friends. And they were good people.
I already told you I’m not going to go back and forth with you on the issue of the effects of racism in America. The systemic abuse is well documented and go beyond your active imagination and hypothetical scenarios. This includes, but is not limited to, racially biased zoning laws
in America’s large cities, discriminatory lending practices for which specific laws
have had to be constructed in order to stop
lenders from practicing, and the codified segregation and abusive laws that existed in the Southern states up until living memory. This is coupled with the fact that as black people, we can’t just stop being black when it’s convenient, triggering the biases and preconceived notions of people often in the position of the upper hand.
The situation in America is not the same as the situation in Britain, China, or any other random country with black people. The link I posted to Bogart earlier represents a good start at documentation of the sort of unique, entrenched abuse that African Americans have been subjected to. Read the whole thing, please.
And again, are you seriously asking me about Hispanic gangs? Seriously?
The same can be said of Asian gangs on a smaller scale in the US.
I can’t speak much specifically about Hispanic or Asian gangs in this country, as I have neither experience nor subject matter expertise with either. The Hispanic population in my city exploded by about 400% according to the last estimates I’ve heard, but that was after I’d graduated high school. Growing up, my city was about 50% black.
The question, however, is not a matter of what ethnic groups begin to form gangs, but what factors unique to the United States cause those gangs to form and to be divided typically along racial lines. Amongst African Americans, the factors that cause some young men to join gangs are more often than not symptomatic of larger environmental ills caused specifically by the sorts of created, systemic problems I described above.
The point I was making to you earlier is that no one group has a standing monopoly on gangs and “thug life.” Deprive any living being of opportunity and create a hostile environment of fear and oppression, and the reaction will almost uniformly be to join together with similar creatures for affinity and protection and to exploit whatever leftover opportunities present themselves. This is true even amongst animals.
In fact, the groups you compared African Americans against in your earlier posts were forbearers of criminal activity and virtually paved the way for organized crime in the same cities we are discussing now. They are “glorified” even today in some of our nation’s most esteemed works. (The Godfather, anyone?) It seems foolish to call out African Americans for involvement gangs as some sort of anomaly given the circumstances.
There is more I could write, specifically on the erasure of African culture amongst those who were kidnapped and enslaved, leaving them to have to literally create a culture from scratch that was representative not primarily of their history and aspirations, but of their current struggles - but I don’t have the time for that right now. My lunch is over.